Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2017, Volume: 10, Issue: 43, Pages: 1-19
Mohammad Zarour1 , Jean-Marc Desharnais2 and Alain Abran2
1College of Computer and Information Sciences, Department of Software Engineering P. O. Box 66833, Riyadh 11586 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; [email protected] 2École de Technologie Supérieure, Department of Software Engineering and IT 1100 Notre-Dame west, Montréal, Québec H3C 1K3, Canada; [email protected], [email protected]
The Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (the SWEBOK Guide) represents the consensus on the knowledge that software engineers, and their organizations, should use whenever and wherever appropriate in software development. This paper presents an innovative use of this SWEBOK Guide as a benchmarking reference for software organizations interested in process improvement and looking for best practices. Process improvement approaches help organizations improve their processes and their performance. Before implementing improvements to existing processes, it is necessary to benchmark organization’s practices already in place against a reference, identifying process weaknesses and looking for best practices that can contribute to process improvement according to corporate priorities. This paper presents two industry case studies illustrating the use of the SWEBOK Guide for benchmarking purposes and process improvements. This paper presents also quantitative results of productivity and quality analyses in both organizations and discusses the candidate linkages.
Keywords: Appraisal, Best Practices, Process Improvement, SWEBOK
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